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Joseph Leonard’s Romanza

Joseph LeonardJoseph Leonard: composer, pianist and organist

Leonard was born in Mannheim in 1903. He escaped Nazi Germany in 1936 in spite of life-long blindness.  I write about him now because his composition, Romanza, will have its premier in a music program on May 10th, 2017. The performance will be part of the final concert in the  14th season of Newton Senior Center Chamber Ensemble, (NSCCE).

This premiere performance by NSCCE has special significance for me because Joseph Leonard was my uncle and he wrote this composition in 1962 as a wedding gift for my husband David and me.  Photos included in this post show Joseph as a young man in performance, (photographer unknown) and Joseph with me, (Photo below by Joanne Leonard) c. 1962 in Hollywood CA, where Joseph lived at that time.

 

Details of Concert featuring Romanza

Where:

Scandinavian Living Center

206 Waltham Street

West Newton, MA 02465

When:

May 10, 2017 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Sponsored by: Newton at Home and Scandinavian Living Center. This event is part of Newton Festival of the Arts

Tickets: $20 for Brunch and Concert

Registration: Call Newton at Home at (617)-795-2560 or email programcoord@newtonathome.org

For More Information: Visit Newton at Home website at newtonathome.org

Joseph Leonard’s blindness was not an obstacle to his musical accomplishments and I am thrilled that his work will be performed spring 2017! To learn more about Joseph Leonard, go to http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf18700458/

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Dance, Romance, Explore: Spring ’17 Concert

Press Release: May 10, 2017

Newton Senior Center Chamber Ensemble’s (NSCCE)- Spring Concert and Brunch:

– A Program of New Music and Old Favorites.

 

A Little Taste of Tuscany by Bill Boston will have its Boston-area debut. It was composed in 2012 for this orchestra. Also featured will be Romanza by Joseph Leonard, written 55 years ago to celebrate the wedding of NSCCE cellist Eleanor Rubin and her husband, David. A movement from Antonin Dvorak’s festive Czech Suite and selections from The Gordian Knot Untied-, round out the surprising and delightful program. The concert will be a highlight of Gwendoline Thornblade’s 14th year conducting the NSCCE, a group of dedicated amateur musicians ages 50-85 years old.

 

Where:

Scandinavian Living Center

206 Waltham Street

West Newton, MA 02465

 

When:

May 10, 2017 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

 

Sponsored by: Newton at Home and Scandinavian Living Center. This event is part of Newton Festival of the Arts

 

Tickets: $20 for Brunch and Concert

 

Registration: Call Newton at Home at (617)-795-2560 or email programcoord@newtonathome.org

 

For More Information: Visit Newton at Home website at newtonathome.org

 

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Chandler Gallery exhibit Opening July 7, 2016

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